Emilia Mihaylova was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She completed her studies at the “Pancho Vladigeuroff” National Academy of Music, Sofia, as a specialised piano student of Prof. Mara Balsamova (together with Master Classes), and in Chamber Music with Prof. Ema Bojinova. She also studied under the direction of world recognised piano professors from the Paris Conservatory (Yvonne Lefébure – French Music), and with Prof. Eugenie Malinin (in Weimar, Germany).
Her playing career began at a very early age as a soloist with philharmonic and chamber orchestras. Her wide and varied repertoire covers many musical works and styles; from Classic to Modern music, being the first performer of many of them in Bulgaria.
She has delivered many successful concerts in Russia, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Hungary, Belgium, and U.K.
Emilia Mihaylova has participated in, and received awards from, many International Competitions, including the “Magarita Long and Jack Tibot” International Competition, Paris; the “Fr. Bouzoni” Competition, Boltzano, Italy; the “International Competition”, Munich, Germany; the “Queen Elizabeth”, Brussels, Belgium; the “Claude Debussy Competition”, St. Germain-en-Laye, Paris (VI prize with medal); the “Svetoslav Obretenov” National Competition, Bulgaria (awards in 1966, 1969, 1975); the “Union of Bulgarian Composers” (III prize); the “Fourth Bulgarian National Competition for Singers and Instrumentalists” (IV prize).
Beginning in 1991, Emilia Mihaylova began a project to accomplish the whole of Debussy’s piano works, again, for the first time in Bulgaria.
In September 1998, together with Valentina Seferinova, she performed the Bulgarian premier of the complete of works of Debussy for 4 hands (“Integrale”) in Sofia.
Upon hearing a recording of this performance, the custodians of “The Claude Debussy House and Museum”, St. Germain-en-Laye, Paris, immediately invited the pair to repeat their recital there on the anniversary of Debussy’s birth date in August 1999; a rare accolade indeed. For Emilia Mihaylova this was an emotional return to her student roots, as the auditorium has been dedicated to one of her mentors – Yvonne Lefébure.
The professionalism of Emilia Mihaylova has been recorded many times for Bulgarian National Radio, and National Television.
At present Emilia Mihaylova continues to live and work in Sofia, as an Associate Professor of Music at the “Pantcho Vladigeuroff” National Academy of Music, Sofia.
Because of her work, and achievements, with Debussy’s music it is probable that she will be soon accorded full professorial status by her peers.
P.S. Update Spring 2005: Emilia Mihaylova has been accepted by her peers to full Professorial status.